TV Worth Watching: “Illuminated Wildlife” and other joys of “North Woods Law”

Those of you who read the blog regularly know that I have a high tolerance for junk TV, especially “reality”. I can watch reruns of The Profit or Save My Bakery. 

But recently I discovered North Woods Law on Animal Planet.  It’s about Maine game wardens tracking illegal hunters,  rescuing lost fishermen and just generally being helpful. They rescue eagles from traps, find old ladies lost in the woods and arrest a lot of people for shooting guns out of automobiles. I didn’t even know that was a thing.  When you watch North Woods Law you learn a lot about Maine, it’s geography, it’s people.  It looks awfully cold.

A lot of it sounds just like Humboldt. They find a medical marijuana farmer cheating by growing an extra field. When they find folks with small amount of weed, they seem to cut them a break.  A LOT of the hunters they deal with are drunk. Just like here. One of the charges they issue tickets for is “illuminating wildlife”.  You’re not supposed to go into the dark woods and shine your headlights or anything else on them because it causes them to freeze in panic making an easy shot for a hunter.   That “deer in the headlights” phenomenon is real!  Sometimes their work is somber as when they recover bodies of missing fishermen.  On Suddenlink this is all available on Channel 233. 

There are half a dozen episodes left in the current season, which is the last one filmed in Maine. Why?   Because of everyone’s favorite idiot Governor, Paul Le Page, who has never been known to walk and chew gum at the same time. Hizzoner  objected to his state employees being filmed so the show is moving to New Hampshire. Read about it HERE. 

Think I’ll go out and illuminate something.

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